In order to understand the functions of performer expressiveness in
film narratives, we need to draw on multiple conceptualizations of emotions.
By viewing emotions in terms of their objects, rather than of their distinct expressions,
we may understand how, for example, a pause during line delivery
can suggest rich character emotions. In an analysis of an Ingmar Bergman
scene from Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), I show how acting styles serve
different purposes, such as invoking emotional implications of what has been
put in place in the narrative. I discuss how artistic constraints and aesthetic
considerations, such as acting norms and the need for balance among parts,
provides a supplementary explanation of performer expressiveness.